I'm what some consider a grammar nerd. I might be guilty of bragging a bit about being a longtime journalist who writes pretty sentences. Truthfully though, as any of my Facebook friends can tell you, my grammar isn't all that great. In fact it's often atrocious.
Whether you're talking with someone over Facebook chat or leaving comments on a post, you probably neglect your grammar too. This may be especially true if you're passionately debating politics on the social network.
In fact, according to a new study by popular grammar checker Grammarly, followers of certain candidates have better grammar than others. Interestingly enough, the results follow a pattern. Specifically, fans of Republican candidates make more mistakes.
According to the results, of the 19 current presidential candidates on both sides, Democratic supporters had the best grammar. The Facebook pages for the five Democrats took the first five positions on the list. The remaining 14 slots went to the Republicans. While the Supporters of Democratic candidates made 4.2 mistakes on average per every 100 words, supporters of Republican candidates made 8.7.
Lincoln Chafee's Facebook fan base was the most grammatically talented, with only 3.1 mistakes per 100 words. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's fans finished 5th with 6.3 errors per every 100 words. Clinton followers were actually tied with Carly Fiorina's Facebook fans for fifth place. Fiorina's fans used fewer "unique words" in their comments though. More on that in a bit.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's fans finished last. They made 12.6 errors for every 100 words. It's worth noting that Trump and several other Republican candidates have a larger number of Facebook followers (more than a million per candidate on average), so that may have affected the results.
The study found that followers of the Democrats used more "unique words," in general. Democrats had 300 unique words per every thousand used, while Republicans had 245. Does this imply that Democrats have a better vocabulary overall? Who knows? Like they say, the three things you shouldn't discuss in polite company are religion, politics and money, so I'm not going there.
I should note that researchers at the company say they've made a point of keeping their results objective and based on statistical facts. They took a large sample of Facebook comments, containing at least 15 words, from each candidate's official page. They considered only obviously positive or neutral comments to weed out trolls and make sure they were focusing on the candidate's supporters. They then randomly selected at least 180 of these comments (a total of 6,000 words) to analyze for each candidate.
Researchers at the company summarized the results of the study in this infographic: